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Can You #SpotTheBot?


Reporting to you from SAP Palo Alto, this is Joseph Ham, HR Talent Acquisition Intern at SAP Ariba with a special news bulletin.

Rumors have emerged across SAP of mysterious sightings of small robotic beings emerging across the campuses. Initial reports highlight that these robo-maniacs are from a tribe of electric creatures known as “iXp-bots.” Citizens of SAP were first perplexed of their first encounters. “I knew the robot apocalypse was here, but I didn’t think it would start at SAP,” said Caitie Sullivan, SAP iXp Bay Area Lead, a concerned employee of SAP Palo Alto.

Upon initial inspection, I uncovered that these bite-sized minions are somehow connected to the SAP Internship Experience Project (iXp). If you’re not familiar, SAP iXp is a 10-week to 6-month internship program that pairs students with teams in the organization to create the next-generation at SAP.

Though the bots hail from an unknown stellar locale, further investigation has revealed that they were created at the Palo Alto d-shop (developer’s workshop). With this new alarming information, I decided to initiate a sit-down with one of the iXp-bots.

I interviewed Volt, the blue-colored robot that make up iXp bots—the white-colored ones are called Watts. The bots were created to join the iXp force and learn the vibrancy of SAP. Volt explained their anatomical blue prints were beamed to the d-shop 3D printers, and then their mind-frame was zapped into the finish ed products. “We are happy to be here and we mean no harm. We come to learn about your company and visit the amazing cities where SAP offices are located,” Volt explains.

After explaining their intentions to members of SAP, a sense of calm developed in the workplace. “It’s quite amazing that Volts and Watts have been created and are here,” said Lina Lioe from the Concur HQ in Bellevue, Washington. “Will they help rule the universe with SAP?”

Though we don’t know their ultimate objective while at SAP, we do know that they are adventurous, curious and extremely energetic. They would love to meet SAP employees and embark on trips around the cities. “They are so cute, small, and squishy! I cannot wait to take them on a trip here!” exclaimes Ellie Mortensen, an SAP iXp intern.

If you are ready to show our newest mechanical members around your town, look out for the Twitter posts of fellow SAP employees with hashtag #SpotTheBot. It is the best way for you to identify their current locations and to see if they are in an office near you. Continue the tradition with the hashtag in your own Tweets so that future SAPers may see what whacky adventures they will join next!


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